Wilkinson Spring Flower Walk – May 14, 2016

Members assess the beaver dam along Pogue Rd. (credit: Dalila Seckar)

On a drizzly Saturday morning, eleven members met at the end of Pogue Road to walk around the Wilkinson property. We first walked north along the road allowance to visit the marsh and enjoy the beavers’ handiwork before walking the loop by the sugar shack.

Jack-in-the-pulpit growing with a clump of grass. (credit: Dalila Seckar)
Jack-in-the-pulpit growing with a clump of grass. (credit: Dalila Seckar)

We saw flowering plants including trilliums (red and white), marsh marigolds (Caltha palustris), blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), toothwort (Cardamine diphylla), serviceberry (Ameliancher sp.), heartleaved foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia), and jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum). We also saw the leaves of partridgeberry (Mitchella repens), Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadensis), trout lily (Erythronium americanum), meadow rue (Thalictrum pubescens), and mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum).

Bear tracks in the mud at Wilkinson tract, May 14, 2016. (credit: Dalila Seckar)

In the mud of the forest, there were bear tracks.
We heard spring peepers and leopard frogs. We also saw or heard the following birds: redwing blackbird, rose-breasted grosbeak, common yellowthroat, black-and-white warbler, northern waterthrush, wood thrush, veery, tree swallow, and barn swallow.

This walk took place in conjunction with For the Love of Wood, an annual event held at the Hilton Heritage Hall (old Brighton Township office at 50 Chatten Rd.).

Work Party at Braham tract – Apr 23, 2016

Members pose after a morning working at the Braham tract (Apr 2016).

A small group of dedicated volunteers went to Murial’s Marsh on April 23rd. We cleared leaning branches on the trail to the viewing platform to allow equipment to access the platform (as we are replacing it this year). We also chemically controlled more invasive buckthorn along the edge of the pond. Another group of volunteers worked on the trail through the woods, clearing off branches and raking the leaves so that the trail will be easier to find.

The weather was cool in the morning but the bright sun warmed us as we worked we enjoyed our visit to the property. Many animals were seen at the marsh while we worked including Canada geese, tree swallows (that were using the bird boxes), an american toad, and a snapping turtle. The early spring flower bloodroot was also noticed growing near the edge of the meadow. We were also impressed with the beaver dam that has been built on the stream and is raising the water level of the marsh. It will cause some of the cattails to die and create more openings in the marsh for waterfowl.
It is a great time of year to visit the marsh – we recommend a visit!